Ed.D. Educational Leadership


Program Overview

The Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership is a 45+ hour post-master’s professional degree for qualified candidates who wish to pursue the terminal degree in Educational Leadership. The program is designed to further develop experienced leaders in the areas of school improvement, strategic planning and institutional development, and other areas of critical need for the twenty-first century. The EdD program is designed to build candidates’ critical understanding and expert use of transformational leadership skills. Our goal is to develop school leaders who integrate thoughtful, globally-minded leadership practices with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective educational leaders. Our graduates are prepared to actively and knowledgeably engage within institutional contexts of constant challenge and innovation. Candidates critically review and robustly construct knowledge in educational policy, data analysis, and educational planning in conjunction with educational theory through discourse-rich coursework and field-centered projects. The knowledge and application of research in general and in the specific form of a dissertation is an integral component of the doctoral program experience. Candidates are prepared to lead change and develop organizations to effectively succeed in a global educational context.

EdD Common Core in Research (12 hours)

  • EDRS 9100: Research: Qualitative
  • EDRS 9200: Research: Quantitative
  • EDUC 9800: Doctoral Seminar
  • EDUC 8100: Advanced Theory of Learning

Concentration Courses (12 Hours)

  • EDL 9881: Special Education and Advanced School Law
  • EDL 9882: Educational Planning: Policies, Practices & Transformation
  • EDL 9883: Performance for Educational Executives:  Politics, Power, and Policy
  • EDL 9884: Emerging Leadership Trends in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Electives Descriptions (Select 12 hours)

  • EDL 9310: Educational Facilities
  • EDL 9320: Media, Community & Public Relations
  • EDL 9330: Comparative Education
  • EDL 9340: Ethics for Educational Leaders
  • EDL 9350: Economics of Education
  • EDL 9360: Beyond Policy:  Reforming Schools Through Learner-Centered Education and Leadership
  • EDL 9370: Critical Issues for Student Learning: Exploring the Literature
  • EDL 8860: Transition Between Building and System Levels

Advisor Approved Elective (3 hours)

Dissertation (Minimum 9 hours)

  • EDL 9900: Dissertation

45+ Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application and GRE scores (Unofficial scores accepted with application) and transcripts
  2. Earned Educational Specialist in education or a related field
  3. Georgia PL-6 or L-6 or Tier II Certificate, or comparable certificate from another state in keeping with Georgia reciprocity agreements and as outlined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)
  4. Current full-time employment as a professional educator with at least five years of teaching and/or administrative experience in P-12 education
  5. Graduate Aptitude & Achievement Index Score of at least 3500 (Graduate Index Score = GRE Quantitative Score plus GRE Verbal Score times GPA for all post-master’s work. Example = GRE
    combined score of 1000 x 3.5 g.p.a. = Index score of 3500)

How do I Apply

  1. Official transcript of college coursework, both undergraduate and graduate from the degree granting institutions;
  2. Evidence of completion of Educational Specialist degree or its equivalent in a related field;
  3. Georgia certification or documentation of approprirate certification as approved by the department;
  4. Copies of Official scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam within the past five years;
  5. All relevant professional teaching and/or administrative certificates;
  6. Professional Profile detailing related professional qualifications;
  7. Reflections on Leadership; and
  8. Official request for consideration of transfer courses

Deadline for Applications

Spring, November 1  |  Summer, April 1  |  Fall, July 1

Contact Us

For more information please call (470) 578-6888 or email edldepartment@kennesaw.edu